Associate Product Development Design Engineer

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Date: Oct 11, 2017

Location: Mason, MI, US

Company: Dart Container

Overview: As the manufacturer of Dart® and Solo® brand products, Dart Container is an industry leading single-use food and beverage packaging company. With 15,000 employees and 40+ locations worldwide, Dart offers more than 4,000 products used every day in restaurants, hospitals, schools and homes around the globe.

Benefits: Dart Container full-time employees enjoy great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) with company matching contributions, paid vacation, paid holidays, short-term disability, tuition assistance, product discounts and more.

Dart Container Corporation has a need for an Associate Design Engineer to join its Product Development team.  The engineer is responsible for designing, modeling, and analyzing single-use food containers and prototype tooling.  The engineer will provide support for current products and development of new products.

Day-to-Day Role:

  • Participate in and complete projects or programs 
  • Develop knowledge of processes, equipment, raw materials, tooling, and products
  • Design products, components, assemblies, tooling, and/or equipment
  • Conduct research and analysis, and recommend designs
  • Create 3D models of systems or products using CAD
  • Apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Coordinate interrelated designs
  • Create parts list 
  • Receive and review process and product requirements, work with suppliers to obtain information and quotes, and generate specifications
  • Document and track technical changes and/or improvements
  • Participate in the assembly, testing, and implementation of packaging equipment or equipment upgrades
  • Oversee prototyping and create samples
  • Identify broad conceptual ideas and develop them into useful solutions
  • Participate in troubleshooting, analysis, evaluation, implementation, and documentation of engineering solutions
  • Collaborate with production personnel and other departments to gather information and draft reports, and improve equipment, processes, and products
  • Recommend test parameters and participate in the testing and implementation of engineering solutions

  • Recommend continuous improvement plans where efficiency, quality, safety, or service can be improved

Core Skills and Qualifications:

The ideal candidate must possess all of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree with an emphasis in engineering or related field of study
  • Associate’s degree and six (6) years of product development design engineering experience
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various products
  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, drawings, and models
  • Ability to learn and understand raw material properties, production processes, quality control techniques, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of products
  • Ability to successfully prioritize, and organize projects, deadlines, and tasks in both team and independent environments
  • Strong verbal and written skills necessary to communicate intricate job-related information
  • Ability to travel up to 10 % domestic and international
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license and passport
  • Requires a favorable motor vehicle report upon hire

Preferred skills and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience modeling thermoformed products or thermoform tooling
  • Experience using NX Version 8 or higher
  • Experience using a Product Data Management software package such as Teamcenter
  • Experience using an Enterprise Resource Planning software package such as SAP


Dart Container is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all candidates for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation to access this website or for the application process, you should call Dart at (800) 545-3278 Ext 3370 or email us at  Relay calls can be made by dialing 711 or the relay number for your state.


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